|1st – 1:29||Jordan Rowley (Carleton)|
|1st – 6:31||PP – T.J. Foster (Carleton)|
|1st – 14:40||PP – Joe Pleckaitis (Alberta)|
|1st – 16:49||Travis Toomey (Carleton)|
|3rd – 17:21||PP – Damian Cross (Alberta)|
| G: 3 Players (#17, #37, #52 – 1)
A: Chet Binning – 2
Sh: 2 Players (#12, #17 – 6)
Sv: Ryan Dube – 15
| G: 2 Players (#13, #20 – 1)
A: 3 Players (#20, #25, #27 – 1)
Sh: 5 Players (#10, #13, #22, #24, #27 – 2)
Sv: Luke Siemens – 38
|Power Plays||1 for 4||2 for 5|
|Penalties (min)||5 (10)||6 (28)|
|Shots on Goal||41||17|
|Face Offs Won||0||0|
Courtesy of host organizing committee / Photo creditJosh Schaefer
SASKATOON (CIS) – The top-seeded University of AlbertaGolden Bears got off to a strong start scoring three first periodgoals en route to a 3-2 win over the No. 6 Carleton Ravens in theCIS men’s hockey championship opener at Credit UnionCentre.
With the win the Golden Bears (1-0) take an early lead in Pool Aand will face the McGill Redmen Saturday at 2 p.m. SaskatchewanTime, live on Sportsnet 360 and on the web at www.cis-sic.tv.
Carleton (0-1), which is making its first-ever University Cupappearance, takes on McGill Friday at 1 p.m. Saskatchewan Time.
Alberta opened the scoring a minute and 29 seconds into the conteston a Jordan Rowley tally. The third-year defenceman, who was namedthe top rearguard in Canada West this season, jumped into the rushand deflected Brett Ferguson’s shot past Carleton netminderFrancis Dupuis.
The Golden Bears increased their lead with a power play goal at6:31. Ferguson dangled his way through the neutral zone beforecentering a pass to rookie forward T.J. Foster, who beat Dupuisstick side.
Carleton cut the Golden Bears lead in half on a Joe Pleckaitispower play tally with just over five minutes remaining in theopening stanza. With Ian Barteaux in the penalty box for hooking,the Ravens were able move the puck freely in the Alberta zone.Pleckaitis’ seeing-eye shot found its way through a screenand beat Alberta’s Kurtis Mucha over the glove.
The Golden Bears restored their two-goal advantage on a TravisToomey goal with just over three minutes remaining in the openingstanza. Toomey’s marker stood as the game winner.
Damien Cross gave the Ravens hope late in the third period.Carleton entered the zone quickly, Cross fed a streakingPlecktaitis, whose shot beat Mucha but rang off both posts beforeCross batted the puck into the open net. Carleton nearly tied thegame on a late power play shot from Matthew Stanisz but Mucha foundthe puck through a screen and made the kick save.
“We found out last year that this game, Thursday, is thehardest game.” said Alberta head coach Ian Herbers, whoseteam was upset 2-1 by Waterloo in its 2013 opener despiteoutshooting the Warriors 43-13. “Last year we didn’tcapitalize [on our chances], I like that we came out and scoredright away and got the momentum.”
The Golden Bears controlled play for much of the contestout-shooting the Ravens 41-17, and held Carleton to just two shotson goal in the second period.
Carleton head coach Marty Johnson was disappointed with histeam’s start.
“The start wasn’t what we wanted, give Alberta credit.We will learn from our start and move forward. Alberta is a deepteam, they came at us hard and we didn’t react, give themcredit.”
T.J. Foster was named the player of the game for Alberta, whileDupuis earned the honour for Carleton.
The PotashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op resumes Thursdayat 7 p.m. local time with the first game of Pool B between the AUSchampion and No. 2 seeded Acadia Axemen and the OUA champion andNo. 3 seeded Windsor Lancers.
1. ALB Jordan Rowley (1) (Brett Ferguson, Levko Koper), 1:29
2. ALB T.J. Foster (1) (Brett Ferguson), 6:31 PP
3. CAR Joe Pleckaitis (1) (Tim Billingsley, Mike McNamee), 14:40PP
4. ALB Travis Toomey (1) (Drew Nichol, Kruise Reddick), 16:49
Cardwell (CAR) checking to the head, 10-minute misconduct,5:21;
Barteaux (ALB) hooking, 13:18.
Billingsley (CAR) high sticking, 4:42;
Barteaux (ALB) interference, 18:43.
5. CAR Damien Cross (1) (Joe Pleckaitis), 17:21 PP
Deagle (CAR) cross checking, 4:35;
Bahm (CAR) checking to the head, 10-minute misconduct, 12:33;
Crooks (ALB) tripping, 13:07;
Nichol (ALB) tripping, 16:02;
Koper (ALB) cross checking, 19:14.
GOALS (by period)
ALB 3-0-0: 3
CAR 1-0-1: 2
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
ALB 16-15-10: 41
CAR 8-2-7: 17
ALB – Kurtis Mucha (W, 1-0, 17 shots, 15 saves, 2 GA,60:00)
CAR – Francis Dupuis (L, 0-1, 41 shots, 38 saves, 3 GA,59:14)
CAR – Empty net (0 GA, 0:46)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
ALB: T.J. Foster
CAR: Francis Dupuis
REFEREES: Nathan Wieler, Todd Thomander
LINESMEN: Nick Bilko, Sean Dufour
POOLSTANDINGS, SCHEDULE & RESULTS (LOCAL TIME)
Pool A (after 1 of 3 games)
Thursday, March 20
13:00 Pool A #1: Alberta 3, Carleton 2
19:00 Pool B #1: No. 2 Acadia vs. No. 3 Windsor (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Sunday, March 23
13:30 Final (Sportsnet & www.CIS-SIC.tv)
* The webcasts of the 3 televised games will be on pay-per-viewbasis.
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